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Written & Directed by Jeff Mizushima

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After Richard’s best and only friend, a dwarf hamster named Etienne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to take him on a bicycle road trip up the California coast to show him the world before he must put him to sleep.  Great soundtrack with Great Northern, BEATBEAT WHISPER, MONTAG, GREGORY AND THE HAWK, JASTIN BIANCO, EEFY CAKES, THE SOUND OF BAILEY and more!!


Etienne! tells the story of Richard, a passive and shy type of guy who has an innocent perspective of the world. He has recently taken a sabbatical from college and is trapped in that stage of middle adulthood where one doesn’t know what to do next. In the meantime, he spends his days taking care of his best friend, Etienne, a dwarf hamster. With many elaborate hamster contraptions, mammal habitats, and even micro-helicopters, Richard builds a special world for his pocket pet and treats his animal companion as he would like to be treated. One day Richard finds out that his hamster has terminal cancer. The Veterinarian recommends euthanasia before the animal begins to suffer. But with the advice of the more caring front desk clerk at the clinic, Richard decides to take Etienne on a bicycle road trip to give it a chance to see the world before it dies. They travel to different locations around northern California. As Etienne experiences a vast new world, so does Richard. Their adventures introduce them to new discoveries about life and the people in it.

Director's Profile : Jeff Mizushima

Jeff Mizushima was born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He attended college as an English major in northern California aspiring to be a fiction writer, which then led to screenwriting in film school at Cal State Long Beach. At the same time, he started video editing because it was a form of writing with image and sound that came easy for him. Etienne! is truly the festival favorite around the world in 2009-2010.


S16mm(original)/DVCam(screenings)/English/88 min/Colour/2009
Etienne, Richard Vallejos, Megan Hawey
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